People in Beijing walk along the wall near the Tiananmen Gate on August 19. In the tide of human history, the rise of China is an unstoppable force. Asians know this. Photo: AFP People in Beijing walk along the wall near the Tiananmen Gate on August 19. In the tide of human history, the rise of China is an unstoppable force. Asians know this. Photo: AFP
People in Beijing walk along the wall near the Tiananmen Gate on August 19. In the tide of human history, the rise of China is an unstoppable force. Asians know this. Photo: AFP
Michael Pembroke
Opinion

Opinion

Michael Pembroke

China’s rise: why US advocacy for confrontation leaves Asia cold

  • Asian nations recognise that the balance of global order has changed, and China’s rise – backed by both economic and military might – must be accommodated
  • In the minds of pragmatic Asians, America’s spin of a fight between good and evil only raises questions about US judgment and motivations

People in Beijing walk along the wall near the Tiananmen Gate on August 19. In the tide of human history, the rise of China is an unstoppable force. Asians know this. Photo: AFP People in Beijing walk along the wall near the Tiananmen Gate on August 19. In the tide of human history, the rise of China is an unstoppable force. Asians know this. Photo: AFP
People in Beijing walk along the wall near the Tiananmen Gate on August 19. In the tide of human history, the rise of China is an unstoppable force. Asians know this. Photo: AFP
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Michael Pembroke

Michael Pembroke

Michael Pembroke is a former New South Wales Supreme Court judge and the author of America in Retreat: The Decline of US Leadership from WW2 to Covid-19, released in Australia as Play By The Rules: The Short Story of America’s Leadership from Hiroshima to Covid-19.